Global warming. It’s a long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system. This phenomenon is correlated with the greenhouse effect which occurs when the sun’s warmth is trapped in earth’s lower atmosphere. This is predicted to have numerous effects on earth and the oceans as well as ice caps in the poles.
In my opinion, global warming is inevitable. Today’s the potential for it happening has increased and it keeps increasing. As one human in a world of 7.7 billion I see that not enough people are noticing the signs as well as the possible effects that it has on the planet.
Global warming will basically turn mother nature against us and I couldn’t blame her. Ice caps will melt and raise sea levels affecting the Eastern Seaboard. The increase in heat will also cause early snowmelt as well as droughts. The extreme weather conditions will cause a disturbance for animals in there natural habitats. There is potential for an increase in allergies, asthma, and infectious disease outbreaks due to increased growth in pollen-producing ragweed, pollution, pathogens and mosquitos. Said effects will continue and increase if we humans don’t pay attention to what we do to our planet.
Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, wrote about global warming in her news piece published on February 26, 2019, Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’:scientists. It says, “evidence for global warming reached the five sigma level by 2005 in two of three sets of satellite data widely used by researchers, and in 2016 in the third”. “sigma” is a statistical term that measures how much a process varies from perfection, based on the number of defects per million units. Keep in mind this research was conducted in earlier years. Doyle also says, “The last four years have been the hottest since records began in the 19th century”.
Global warming isn’t a hard concept to acknowledge so that means people are just ignoring it like it couldn’t happen any time soon. A mentality as such is selfish regarding the future inhabitants of this planet. That includes your future family...
Reporter: Makai Walker
On the 24th of February, the 2019 Oscars premiered on ABC. Stars such as Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Queen, Rami Malek, Julia Roberts, and Emma Stone all attended the event. The Oscars were opened up with Queen and Adam Lambert performing classic songs such as We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You.
Soon after, the awards were announced. The most notable awards received were by Rami Malek from Bohemian Rhapsody for best actor, Olivia Colman from The Favorite for best actress, and The Greenbook for best picture. Furthermore, the best actor in a supporting role award was received by Mahershala Ali for The Greenbook and the best actress in a supporting role was received by Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk. Along with this, a performance of Shallow from A Star is Born was performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper which brought the night to the end. Overall, there were many first time Oscar winners and a lot of happy faces in the crowd that night.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez
Daily, plastic water cups are provided to students during nutrition and lunch for the convenience and luxury of the students to stay hydrated. Even though there are water fountains and refillable water stations, the water cups are still put into place. It is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
The thing about plastic is that it is super durable and long lasting which is a reason it is used worldwide but those are also the same reasons it is so harmful to our environment. The durability makes it impossible to decompose, normally taking plastic bags up to 10,000 years In landfills and water bottles taking up to 450 years to decompose. But most of that garbage and plastic will end up in our oceans washed up ashore, in rivers and in our food chain.
The cafeteria staff at our school provides at least 500 water cups daily and 100 plastic straws or more. According to Greenpeace, only 9 percent of the plastic in the world gets recycled. Americans use 500 million plastic straws every single day. The fact that our school contributes to the pollution in the oceans is disgusting when it can easily be prevented.
Small pieces of plastic are eaten by fish, turtles and seabirds, often resulting in their death. Animals and birds can also become tangled up in plastic debris, leading to serious injuries and fatalities
To lessen your impact on the environment reduce your use of plastic by shopping with reusable grocery bags, using reusable silverware and straws, carrying reusable water bottles, and recycling whenever possible. Be aware of our planet the next time you pick up a plastic water cup because there is no planet b.
Reporter: Claudia Arce